German Illuminated Manuscripts from the Getty

THOMAS KREN, Illuminated Manuscripts of Germany and Central Europe in the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles 2009 (The J. Paul Getty Museum), 132 pages, 110 color illustrations, $ 19.95.

Internationally renowned, the Getty Museum’s collection of German and Central European manuscripts is one of the finest in the United States. The thirty-two illuminated manuscripts in the collection range from the ninth to the eighteenth century and include many celebrated examples. Among these are two masterpieces of German Romanesque illumination: the Helmarshausen Gospel book, from the 1120s, and the Stammheim Missal, made around 1170; a pinnacle of Polish medieval art, the Life of the Blessed Hedwig from 1353; the only known illuminations by the panel painter called the Master of Saint Veronica from about 1400-1410; and the most lavishly illuminated copy of Rudolf von Ems’s popular World Chronicle, produced in early fifteenth-century Bavaria. The collection also includes several Carolingian manuscripts from early ninth century; Ottonian liturgical books from the late tenth and early eleventh centuries; diverse Gothic illumination from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries; and a broad range of illuminated texts from the later Middle Ages written in Middle High German.

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